“No Business Association Whatsoever With An Individual Named Michael Chia” – Musa Aman

*Artikel ini disediakan dalam 2 Bahasa, Inggeris dan Melayu.

We Release Further Documents!

Friday, April 13th, 2012

No business association with Chia? Then Musa Aman has a lot to explain, including the standing orders on Chia’s various accounts to Musa’s sons.

Musa Aman, Sabah’s Chief Minister, has come out to publicly deny that he had any business relationship with the timber trade ‘fixer’ Michael Chia, thereby implying that the hundreds of documents that have been released into our possession, along with the testimony of industry insiders, are false.

“ I wish to put it on record once again that I have no business association whatsoever with an individual named Michael Chia” [Musa Aman statement 12/11/12]

However, numerous bank statements in our possession (see example right) show the exact opposite.  They indicate that Michael Chia (Chia Tien Foh) was at the centre of a web of transactions linking Sabah timber concessions to payments made to family members and key associates of Musa Aman.

One of these associates, the Sabah solicitor Richard Christopher Barnes, was arrested and held in custody, along with Michael Chia, at the time of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation into Sabah timber corruption back in 2010.  Huge volumes of documents were confiscated from Barnes’ offices by investigators, who prepared a major prosecution case.

‘Nothing to do with me’ – Musa’s lawyer, Richard Christopher Barnes and Michael Chia together at a party attended by Musa Aman

Barnes and Chia are understood to have given full statements, admitting their involvement in kickbacks for concessions in the state and the MACC have told sources they drew up a dossier containing 40 charges against Musa, which was then blocked by his relative and close ally the Attorney General, Abdul Gani Patail.

Because of this failure to prosecute and the suppression of this evidence, we are continuing to review and release the documents now in our possession.

These documents strongly corroborate the allegations under investigation, that Michael Chia was acting as a collecting agent for timber kickbacks to the Chief Minister.

Michael Chia was in the timber business and regarded as the ‘collecting agent’ for Musa

Far from being forged, our documentation is extensive and wide-ranging and it is backed up by testimony received from Sabah timber industry insiders. The evidence also corroborates publicly known facts published in court cases involving Michael Chia, who was arrested in Hong Kong in 2008, while attempting to smuggle SG16million back to Malaysia.

One case in the Sabah High Court has already clearly demonstrated that Chia was acting as a “middle-man” between Yayasan Sabah and timber tycoons seeking concessions.  Documents produced in evidence during Chia’s prosecution for allegedly cheating a timber concession holder, Agus Hassan, include a letter by Hassan explaining he had been told to pay a kickback to UMNO Sabah via Chia.

The letter says that Yayasan representative Mohd Tampokong was refusing to issue permission for the logging to begin until Chia was satisfied.  Agus Hassan was later angered to discover that Chia took at least some of the profit himself.

Evidence in court – a letter from timber concession holder Agus Hassan to Yayasan Sabah complaining that Chia, acting in a “middle-man’ role, was holding up the commencement of logging until kickbacks were paid through him. Why was Yayasan’s Mohd Daud Tampokong allowing Chia to act as a “middle-man” between Yayasan officials and timber merchants? As Chairman, Musa Aman should explain.

But, why would Hassan, a man granted a concession by Musa Aman, think there was a kickback involved in gaining the concession and that Chia was the agent for Musa/Sabah UMNO?  Why was Yayasan’s Mohd Tampkong following Chia’s instructions?  And why did Hassan not just report the extortion to the Head of the Board of Yayasan Trustees, Aman himself?

These are questions that Musa Aman has yet to satisfactorily answer. However, our new evidence goes a long way towards doing just that.

From the MACC’s document listing Yayasan’s secret timber concessions – Agus Hassan’s timber concession became the subject of a criminal prosecution against Chia

  1. There is plenty of evidence to show that Michael Chia was not only a “middle-man” between Yayasan and timber concession-seekers, but also acquired numerous Yayasan timber concessions of his own.  He has publicly acknowledged it in another on-going case in the High Court of Singapore:

“I am in the business of exporting timber logs from Malaysia internationally through my group of companies, including Rimba Kita and Rasanmewa”[Chia Tien Foh, Affidavit, High Court of Singapore 19/12/2011]

The MACC has listed numerous further concessions associated with Michael Chia as a result of its investigations (below), so why has the Chief Minister denied any dealings with Chia whatsoever?  As Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Yayasan Sabah, he exerts ultimate approval over all timber licences, including those given to Chia.

Chia-related logging companies, as listed in the leaked MACC document. Sarawak Report has further details of the logging concessions handed out to these companies, which are not included in the MACC report

These timber concession could only have been authorised by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Sabah, Musa Aman. They were awarded to a feckless young man, who had no experience in the timber trade and no family money before he set about presenting himself as the back channel to Musa Aman after 2003.

Same party, socialising with Musa – Chia became known for his extravagant life-style, exhibited by his string of expensive high-performance cars

So, far from denying that he has had no association whatsoever with Mr Chia, could Musa Aman explain in detail how and why this boy was in receipt of so many state timber concessions, granted by the Board of Yayasan Trustees of which he was the Chairman?

Chia, who was notorious for his ‘flash’ tastes, was soon exhibiting ridiculous wealth.  His string of high-performance cars included a Hummer H2, no less than three Lamborghinis, a Ferrari 430, a number of BMWs, Mercedes Benz and Toyotas.

Genuine businessmen can testify that it takes time to build such wealth from scratch. Investment and repayment of borrowed moneys have to come first.  And yet Chia enjoyed virtually instant disposable income in vast quantities almost from the moment that Musa Aman started to endow him with extensive timber concessions.

The Chief Minister has yet to explain why he chose to endow the young and inexperienced Michael Chia with these concessions.  He needs to do so, if his denials are to become convincing.

Millions In Michael Chia’s bank accounts were paid in by timber tycoons

All the evidence in fact points to one credible explanation, which was that money was pouring into Chia’s bank accounts from kickbacks.  This evidence matches the testimony of numerous sources in the Sabah timber business.

To begin with we can demonstrate from bank statements in our possession that luxury goods for Chia were being paid for out of accounts that were also receiving payments from timber tycoons.  We can also prove that these tycoons were linked to Chia’s own concessions in Sabah and to other concessions which were separately granted after 2003.

One of the accounts controlled by Chia. He closed it after his arrest in 2008 by the Hong Kong authorities – the US$220k was spent on a Lamborghini, according to sources, and US$500K was sent to Chia’s BVI account with CTF International Ltd, from which he then sent payments to Musa, according to the investigators and inside sources

As we will go on to demonstrate, this very same Hong Kong UBS account controlled by Chia also received several major payments in 2006/2007 from a number of timber companies and made some interesting other out-payments.

The payers-in included the company Borion Enterprise Ltd, connected to a known Sarawak timber tycoon, and the out-payments included an enormous US$4million transfer to a ‘Richard Christopher’.

Chia can also be seen to have made a number of personal in-payments and withdrawals worth thousands of US dollars.

In-payments by Borion Enterprise and out-payments to Chia and to ‘Richard Christopher’

Our sources have confirmed that Richard Christopher refers to Richard Christopher Barnes, the solicitor arrested during the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation into timber corruption in Sabah and identified as the lawyer handling financial matters for Musa Aman (see picture above with friend Chia).

Questions for Musa

So much that fails to add up after Musa Aman’s denial that he has had any relations with Michal Chia

These statements represent just a fraction of the evidence we have in our possession, consisting of numerous similar transactions through Chia controlled bank accounts, involving a number of timber companies with concessions in Sabah.

The Chief Minister has yet to provide any answer to the information we published in an earlier report, which is that one of these, a closely related account Hong Kong UBS account, was making regular payments to Musa Aman’s sons in Australia.

Standing instruction to pay Musa’s son

We can now provide further documents showing yet more payments from Chia accounts to Musa’s family.

Back in 2005 an account in Chia’s own name, managed by HSBC Hong Kong, registered a regular monthly standing order payment for Musa’s son, Mohammed Hayssam Musa, who was studying in Perth.

At the same time we can see that this same account was also receiving huge payments, amounting to millions of US dollars from the company Borion Enterprise Ltd.

No business relationship? This Chia account held a standing instruction to pay Musa’s own son in Australia. It was also receiving hundreds of thousand of USD from Borion Enterprise. Balance US$1.7 million !

Both the Musa boys were, as we have already shown, accessing the same account to cover their expenses during education in Australia. If this was not a business relationship then Musa Aman needs to be clear about what kind of relationship he did have with Michael Chia.

“I did not have sex with that woman” – Musa Aman’s denials are starting to ring as hollow as President Clinton’s!

More detail on Borion Enterprise Ltd – the Taib connection!

So what is the significance of the Hong Kong company, Borion Enterprise Ltd, which has been making such regular and enormous payments to Michael Chia?

Borion Enterprise Ltd, is part-owned by a Sarawak timber magnate Ngui Ing Chuan, a major shareholder of the Taib-linked company Ta Ann. Ngui also owns Borion Enterprise Sdn Bhd and Borion Shipping Sdn Bhd, both Malaysian companies based in Sarawak.

However, the major shareholder in the Hong Kong arm of the Borion Group is not Ngui, but another company called Silvermark Consultants Ltd.

Who owns Silvermark Consultants? Timber tycoon Ting Pek King’s son Peter Ting!

In turn Silvermark Consultants Ltd is owned by the son of Sarawak’s Timber Tycoon and Taib crony, Ting Pek King!  ”Borion came into Sabah flashing big money from the start”, one source related.

Peter Ting (Ting Sie Huong) – the eldest son of Ting Pek King has been paying huge sums into Michael Chia’s bank accounts. Why?

This begs the crucial question as to why the Ting Pek King family were paying large sums of money into Michael Chia’s bank accounts?  Accounts that were being simultaneously used to fund Musa Aman’s boys in Australia.

Since Aman has come out to deny any associations with Chia or indeed any allegations of graft, can he please provide the fullest of explanations for this state of affairs?

Timber concessions related to Borion

Another major Sabah player linked to Ting Pek King is his cousin and known right hand man Simon Ling.  Simon Ling has been deeply involved in Sabah timber concessions since the arrival of Musa Aman into office and he is also closely connected in business to Michael Chia.

Simon Ling (Ling Ding Dieng) – The MACC’s list of his Sabah concessions. These include a controversial steep area in Kuamut Forest where maps were re-drawn by the Forest Department in 2009 to make them appear less steep, so that they could be logged. The area is currently being razed, despite strictures against clear felling.

According to insiders Ling has also taken over the running and management of many of the concessions supposedly awarded to the young and inexperienced Michael Chia.

This corroborates with official company information available for all to see.  The company Top Merchant Sdn Bhd is the company that received the concessions to log Kuamat Forest.  The main shareholder of that company is Chia’s mistress Yap Siaw Lin.  However, the Director of Top Merchant Sd Bhd is none other than Simon Ling!

Top Merchant – owned by Chia’s Girlfriend, Yap Siaw Lin, but managed by Simon Ling

Insiders have confirmed that the payments from the Ting Pek King connected company Borion Enterprise Ltd into Chia’s accounts are indeed related to the timber concessions granted to Simon Ling by Yayasan Sabah and to Simon Ling’s management of Chia companies, of which he is the effective concession-holder.

Yap Siaw Lin – Chia’s mistress and nominee for his company shares in Top Merchant Sdn Bhd

Chia has corroborated Borion’s involvement in his businesses by acknowledging in court that the company has exclusive rights of purchase from timber logged by Rimba Kita and Rasanmewa, companies he claims to own.

Chia has come up with his own excuses for his relationship with Borion and the payments, which he describes as a ‘Trade Advance’ by a trusted business associate.  However, such excuses do not explain the payments made to the Musa family or the millions sent on to Richard Christopher Barnes.

Insiders maintain that Chia’s web of bank accounts were merely a mechanism for processing kickbacks are further substantiated by numerous other transactions we have evidence of through the same accounts.

These involve companies linked to other timber tycoons also with concessions granted in Sabah, which we will also be revealing.

Angel Face Consultants

Meanwhile, we can now further reveal that informants have told the MACC that a BVI company Angel Face Consultants is owned by none other than Chief Minister Musa Aman and that it has received kickbacks through its Citibank Singapore account run by a close associate.

We will provide evidence that MACC and Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)  investigators took these allegations seriously as we unravel further evidence.  It raises further questions about another series of enormous out-payments from Michael Chia’s HSBC account.

Two payments of US$4.5million and US$4million to Angel Face Consultancy Ltd cleared out Chia’s account in September 2005

In September 2005 the account’s hefty balance of US$8.5 million was cleared by two major withdrawals in one day in favour of Angel Face Consultancy.  That is a lot of consultation in just one day!

Denials

Musa Aman has denied any business connection with Michael Chia, even though Chia was a prolific operator on the Sabah timber scene after 2004.

If he wished the Chief Minister could take immediate action to protect himself against all such allegations of graft and kickbacks.  He could reform the system that gives him total personal and private control over the allocation of timber concessions in the State.

This is because the Sabah Chief Minister is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Sabah, which authorises timber licences over a million hectares of state forest land. Why?

Yayasan’s negotiations are held in private and the decisions it makes are unpublished and kept confidential.  Why?

No arrangement could be better designed to allow a total abuse of power by the man, who controls both the Government and the country’s richest natural resource.  So, why doesn’t Musa Aman reform it?

Source: http://www.sarawakreport.org/2012/04/no-business-association-whatsoever-with-an-individual-named-michael-chia-we-release-further-documents/

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“Tiada Hubungan Perniagaan Dengan Seseorang Yang Bernama Michael Chia”? – Kami Mendedahkan Lagi Banyak Bukti-Bukti Berdokumen!

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Musa Aman, Ketua Menteri Sabah, telah secara lantang menafikan pada umum yang dia dikatakan mempunyai sebarang hubungan perniagaan dengan ‘pengatur perniagaan balak’ Michael Chia, dan seterusnya mengatakan bahawa segala dokumen yang ada dalam simpanan kami di samping keterangan dan maklumat dari sumber dalaman yang bekerjasama dengan kami adalah palsu.

“Ingin saya katakan sekali lagi bahawa saya tiada sebarang hubungan perniagaan dengan sesiapa atau mana-mana individu yang bernama Michael Chia” [Kenyataan Musa Aman]

Namun, terdapat banyak salinan penyata bank pada kami yang menunjukkan bahawa kenyataan Musa Aman bertentangan dengan penafiannya itu. Penyata-penyata itu menunjukkan Michael Chia (atau nama penuhnya Chia Tien Foh) merupakan focus utama dalam rangkaian transaksi-transaksi berkaitan dengan penganugerahan lesen-lesen pembalakan yang kemudiannya sogokan-sogokan itu dibayar kepada ahli-ahli keluarga dan rakan-rakan niaga Musa Aman.

Salah seorang dari rakan-niaganya, seorang peguam Sabah, Richard Christopher Barnes, telah ditahan bersama-sama Michael Chia ketika pasukan SPRM menjalankan siasatan ke atas kes rasuah pembalakan Sabah dalam tahun 2010. Terdapat banyak dokumen dirampas dari pejabat Barnes oleh para penyiasat SPRM itu yang menyediakan pendakwaan ke atas kes itu.

Adalah difahamkan bahawa Barnes dan Chia telah memberikan kenyataan-kenyataan yang lengkap, dan mengakui penglibatan penuh mereka dalam penerimaan dan pengurusan sogokan dari lesen-lesen pembalakan di negeri itu dan pihak SPRM telah memberitahu sumber kami bahawa mereka telah mengesahkan dokumen yang mengandungi 40 pertuduhan bagi menentang Musa Aman, tetapi pertuduhan itu telah dihalang oleh Peguam Negara, Abdul Gani Patail.

Memandangkan pendakwaan dan tuduhan ini gagal dijalankan walaupun ianya mempunyai banyak bukti, maka kami akan tetap menilai dan mendedahkan bukti-bukti berdokumen yang ada pada kami.

Dokumen-dokumen ini menguatkan lagi dakwaan ke atas siasatan berkenaan, bahawa Michael Chia telah bertindak sebagai agen pemungut sogokan bagi pihak Ketua Menteri Sabah, Musa Aman.

Jauh sekali niat kami untuk memalsukan apa-apa dokumen, malah dokumen-dokumen yang kami perolehi turut disokong oleh pengakuan-pengakuan yang diterima dari sumber dalaman industri pembalakan Sabah sendiri. Bukti-bukti ini menguatkan lagi fakta-fakta yang diterbitkan dalam kes mahkamah yang melibatkan Michael Chia, yang telah ditahan di Hong Kong dalam tahun 2008, ketika dia cuba menyeludup SG$16 juta ke Malaysia.

Dalam satu kes di Mahkamah Tinggi Sabah jelas membuktikan bahawa Chia bertindak selaku “orang tengah” antara Yayasan Sabah dan taiko-taiko pembalakan yang berusaha mendapatkan lesen-lesen pembalakan. Dokumen-dokumen yang dikeluarkan ketika Chia didakwa menjejaskan salah seorang pemegang lesen pembalakan, Agus Hassan, termasuk sepucuk surat dari Agus Hassan yang mengadu bahawa dia telah dikehendaki membayar sejumlah wang sogokan kepada UMNO Sabah menerusi Chia.

Isi kandungan surat berkenaan turut menyebut bahawa wakil Yayasan Sabah iaitu Mohd Daud Tampokong telah enggan mengeluarkan lesen pembalakan sehingga Chia berpuas hati. Agus Hassan kemudiannya marah setelah dia mengetahui bahawa Chia mengambil sebahagian dari keuntungan dari urusan itu.

Namun, kenapakah Agus Hassan, seseorang yang dianugerahkan lesen oleh Musa Aman, ingat bahawa terdapatnya sogokan dibuat ketika memohon lesen pembalakan dan bahawa Chia bertindak selaku agen kepada Musa Aman / UMNO Sabah? Dan kenapakah Agus Hassan tidak melaporkan ugutan itu terus kepada Pengerusi Lembaga Pemegang Amanah Yayasan Sabah, Musa Aman?

Inilah di antara beberapa persoalan yang harus dijawab oleh Musa Aman. Namun bukti-bukti baru yang ada pada kami turut menunjukkan penyiasatan ini jauh lebih terperinci.

Terdapat banyak bukti yang menunjukkan Michael Chia bukan sekadar bertindak sebagai “orang tengah” antara Yayasan Sabah dan pembida-pembida lesen pembalakan, tetapi dia juga memperolehi banyak lesen untuk dirinya sendiri. Dia sendiri telah mengumumkan perkara itu dalam perbicaraan yang sedang dijalankan di Mahkamah Tinggi Singapura.

Pihak SPRM telah menyenaraikan banyak lesen pembalakan yang berkaitan dengan Michael Chia, maka mengapakah Ketua Menteri menafikan sebarang urusan dengan Chia? Sebagai Pengerusi Lembaga Pemegang Amanah kepada Yayasan Sabah, Musa Aman sememangnya mempunyai kuasa penuh mengeluarkan lesen-lesen pembalakan, termasuk lesen-lesen yang dikeluarkan kepada Chia.

Lesen-lesen pembalakan ini hanya dikeluarkan oleh Pengerusi Lembaga Pemegang Amanah Yayasan Sabah, Musa Aman. Lesen-lesen itu telah dianugerahkan kepada seorang anak muda, yang tiada pengalaman dalam bidang pembalakan dan juga seorang yang bukannya kaya sebelum dia mengetengahkan dirinya sebagai wakil kepada Musa Aman dalam tahun 2003.

Maka, bolehkah Musa Aman menjelaskan secara terperinci bagaimana dan kenapakah budak Chia itu boleh bertindak selaku penerima banyak lesen pembalakan yang dianugerahkan oleh Musa Aman?

Michael Chia, yang terkenal dengan ‘ketamakannya’, dengan segera memperagakan kekayaannya yang bukan-bukan itu. Dia memiliki rangkaian kereta-kereta mewah berprestasi tinggi termasuk sebuah Hummer H2, tidak kurang dari tiga buah Lamborghini, sebuah Ferrari 430, beberapa buah BMW, Mercedes Benz dan juga Toyota.

Usahawan-usahawan yang tulen boleh mengesahkan bahawa untuk beroleh kemewahan seperti yang dinikmati oleh Chia mengambil masa yang panjang. Pelaburan dan peminjaman modal perlu dilakukan terlebih dahulu. Namun Chia telah menikmati limpahan masuk kekayaan sebaik sahaja Musa Aman menjadi Ketua Menteri.

Ketua menteri itu harus menjelaskan kenapa dia menganugerahkan budak Chia yang kurang berpengalaman itu dengan banyak lesen pembalakan. Musa Aman harus berbuat demikian, jika dia ingin menjadikan penafiannya lebih meyakinkan.

Kesemua bukti itu sebenarnya menjurus kepada satu penjelasan, iaitu kesemua wang itu dimasukkan ke dalam akaun bank-bank Chia. Bukti itu juga sepadan dengan keterangan dari pelbagai sumber dalam kegiatan pembalakan Sabah.

Sebagai permulaan kami dapat menunjukkan dari penyata-penyata bank yang ada pada kami ini bahawa barangan mewah untuk Chia telah dibeli dan dibayar menggunakan akaun-akaun yang dia gunakan untuk menerima wang sogokan dari taiko-taiko pembalakan. Kami dapat membuktikan bahawa taiko-taiko pembalakan itu berkait-rapat dengan lesen-lesen Chia dan juga dengan lesen-lesen lain yang dikeluarkan secara berasingan selepas tahun 2003.

Dalam masa yang sama, kita dapat menunjukkan bahawa akaun bank UBS Hong Kong yang dikendalikan oleh Chia juga digunakan untuk menerima bayaran-bayaran utama dalam tahun 2006/2007 dari beberapa syarikat pembalakan dan juga digunakan untuk membuat bayaran kepada pihak-pihak lain yang boleh menarik perhatian kita.

Para pembayar kepada akaun Chia termasuk syarikat Borion Enterprise Ltd, yang mempunyai hubungan dengan seorang taiko pembalakan dari Sarawak, dan pembayaran keluar dari akaun itu termasuklah sejumlah besar wang berjumlah US$4 juta dipindahkan kepada seorang yang bernama Richard Christopher.

Chia juga dapat dilihat telah membuat beberapa pembayaran peribadi dan mengeluarkan wang berjumlah beribu-ribu dollar US

Sumber-sumber kami mengesahkan bahawa Richard Christopher merujuk kepada Richard Christopher Barnes, iaitu seorang peguam yang ditahan semasa SPRM menjalankan siasatan ke atas skandal rasuah pembalakan Sabah itu, di mana Barnes dikenali sebagai seorang peguam yang mengendalikan hal-hal kewangan untuk Musa Aman.

Penyata-penyata ini hanyalah sebahagian dari bahan bukti yang ada pada kami, yang mengandungi beberapa transaksi yang serupa menerusi akaun-akaun bank Chia, termasuk beberapa buah syarikat pembalakan yang telah diberi lesen di Sabah.

Ketua Menteri itu perlu menjawab persoalan-persoalan yang telah kami kemukakan dalam laporan kami yang terdahulu, di mana salah sebuah akaunnya digunakan untuk memindahkan wang kepada anak-anak Musa Aman yang berada di Australia.

Dalam tahun 2005 sebuah akaun atas nama Chia, yang dikendalikan oleh HSBC Hong Kong telah mendaftarkan arahan tetap secara berkala kepada anak Musa Aman, iaitu Mohammed Hayssam Musa yang pada ketika itu sedang menuntut di Perth, Australia.

Dalam pada itu juga kita dapat lihat akaun ini juga digunakan untuk menerima bayaran yang besar, berjumlah berjuta-juta dollar US dari syarikat Borion Enterprise Ltd.

Kedua-dua anak lelaki Musa Aman itu, sebagai mana telah kita dedahkan dahulu, mendapat akses ke akaun ini untuk memenuhi keperluan pengajian ketika mereka di Australia. Jika hubungan ini bukan hubungan perniagaan maka Musa Aman perlu menjelaskan apakah jenis hubungan ini dengan Michael Chia.

Maka, apakah kaitan syarikat dari Hong Kong, Borion Enterprise Ltd, yang telah membuat beberapa bayaran yang berjumlah besar kepada Michael Chia?

Borion Enterprise Ltd, adalah sebahagiannya dimiliki oleh seorang taiko pembalakan dari Sarawak bernama Ngui Ing Chuan, yang juga pemegang utama dalam Ta Ann yang berkait dengan Ketua Menteri Sarawak Abdul Taib Mahmud. Ngui juga memiliki Borion Enterprise Sdn Bhd dan Borion Shipping Sdn Bhd, kedua-duanya syarikat Malaysia yang berpengkalan di Sarawak.

Namun, pemegang utama dalam Kumpulan Borion di Hong Kong bukannya Ngui, tetapi sebuah lagi syarikat yang bernama Silvermark Consultants Ltd.

Syarikat Silvermark Consultants Ltd sebenarnya dimiliki oleh anak seorang taiko pembalakan Sarawak yang juga merupakan kroni kepada Taib, iaitu Ting Pek Khing!

Hakikat ini menuntut jawapan kepada persoalan kenapakah keluarga Ting Pek Khing membayar sejumlah wang yang besar kepada Michael Chia? Akaun yang selalu digunakan untuk membiayai pengajian anak-anak Musa Aman di Australia?

Memandangkan Musa Aman telah membuat penafian mengenai hubungannya dengan Chia atau tuduhan rasuah, bolehkah Musa Aman memberikan penjelasan yang lebih meyakinkan?

Seorang lagi individu yang boleh dikaitkan dengan Ting Pek Khing adalah sepupunya dan juga orang kananya, Simon Ling. Simon Ling telah terlibat dalam lesen-lesen pembalakan di Sabah sejak Musa Aman menjadi Ketua Menteri dan Simon Ling juga mempunyai hubungan rapat dengan Michael Chia.

Menurut sumber-sumber kami juga Simon Ling telah mengambil-alih pengendalian dan pengurusan dalam kebanyakan lesen-lesen yang sepatutnya dianugerahkan kepada Michael Chia.

Bukti ini diperkuatkan lagi oleh maklumat rasmi syarikat untuk tatapan umum. Syarikat Top Merchant Sdn Bhd adalah sebuah syarikat yang telah menerima lesen-lesen untuk menebang hutan Kuamut. Pemegang utama dalam syarikat itu adalah teman wanita Chia iaitu Yap Siaw Lin. Namun Pengarah dalam Top Merchant Sdn Bhd adalah Simon Ling!

Sumber-sumber maklumat kami mengesahkan bahawa bayaran dari syarikat Borion Enterprise Ltd yang mempunyai kaitan dengan Ting Pek Khing kepada akaun-akaun Chia ada kaitannya dengan lesen-lesen pembalakan yang dianugerahkan kepada Simon Ling daripada Yayasan Sabah, dan juga kepada syarikat-syarikat Chia yang dikendalikan oleh Simon Ling.

Chia telah menguatkan lagi penglibatan Borion dalam perniagaannya dengan memberitahu mahkamah bahawa syarikat itu mempunyai hak eksklusif membeli kayu balak yang ditebang oleh Rimba Kita dan Rasanmewa, kedua-duanya dimilikinya.

Chia telah memberikan alasan-alasannya sendiri mengenai hubungannya dengan Borion dan bayaran-bayaran yang terlibat, yang mana, menurutnya adalah ‘pendahuluan perniagaan’ dari suatu kenalan perniagaan. Namun alasan-alasan itu tidak menjelaskan bayaran-bayaran yang dilakukannya kepada ahli-ahli keluarga Musa Aman ataupun jutaan dollar yang dikirimkannya kepada Richard Christopher Barnes.

Sumber-sumber kami mengekalkan tuduhan bahawa rangkaian akaun-akaun bank Chia hanyalah sekadar mekanisma untuk memproses segala wang sogokan yang mana menguatkan lagi transaksi-transaksi berbukti yang ada pada kami menerusi akaun-akaun yang sama.

Ini turut merangkumi syarikat-syarikat yang berkaitan dengan taiko-taiko pembalakan yang lain di Sabah, yang akan kami laporkan kemudian.

Sementara itu, kini kami dapat mendedahkan bahawa pemberi maklumat kepada pihak SPRM di mana sebuah syarikat BVI, Angel Face Consultants dimiliki oleh Ketua Menteri Musa Aman dan bahawa ianya telah menerima sogokan menerusi akaunnya di Citibank Singapura yang dikendalikan oleh seorang rakan karibnya.

Pihak kami akan memberikan bukti bahawa SPRM dan ICAC dari Hong Kong mengambil berat mengenai tuduhan-tuduhan ini dalam masa kami mendedahkan bukti-bukti seterusnya. Ianya turut menimbulkan persoalan mengenai beberapa siri pembayaran keluar dari akaun HSBC milik Michael Chia.

Dalam bulan September 2005 baki dalam akaun tersebut menunjukkan sejumlah US$8.5 juta telah dikeluarkan dalam dua pengeluaran dalam sehari kepada Angel Face Consultancy. Jumlah bayaran itu amat besar bagi kerja-kerja perundingan dibuat dalam sehari!

Musa Aman telah menafikan terlibat dalam sebarang perniagaan dengan Michael Chia, walaupun umum mengetahui bahawa Chia adalah orang kanannya dalam industri pembalakan Sabah selepas 2004.

Jika dia berhasrat, Ketua Menteri itu akan bertindak untuk melindungi dirinya dari menghadapi semua pertuduhan itu berkenaan wang sogokan dan rasuah. Dia boleh mengubah sistem yang telah memberinya kawalan secara peribadi ke atas pemberian lesen-lesen pembalakan di Sabah.

Ini kerana Ketua Menteri Sabah itu juga merupakan Pengerusi Lembaga Pemegang Amanah di Yayasan Sabah, yang berkuasa ke atas pemberian lesen-lesen pembalakan ke atas jutaan hektar hutan di negeri itu. Kenapa?

Segala rundingan dalam Yayasan Sabah dibuat secara tertutup dan keputusan-keputusan yang dibuat pula tidak diterbitkan dan dirahsiakan dari umum. Kenapa?

Tiada peraturan yang lebih baik direka untuk membenarkan salahguna kuasa secara mutlak oleh seseorang ketua yang mentadbir-urus sesebuah Kerajaan dan juga sumber asli negerinya. Maka, kenapakah Musa Aman tidak melakukan rombakan sedemikian?

 

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